What will I learn?

Be a culturally sensitive, competent and ethical Art Therapist.

As an art therapist, you purposefully facilitate an art-making process to create self-expression, reflection, understanding and change with people and/or communities who encounter a range of stress, trauma, physical, mental or societal challenges and experiences. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps people to effect change and growth through the use of art materials in a supported and safe environment. For those having difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings verbally, art therapy is non-intrusive and can tap into the rich non-verbal aspects of communication and creativity.

Art therapists develop the necessary skills and training to effectively work with a variety of populations throughout the life cycle. They work within various medical, institutional, educational, and rehabilitative settings that may include learning, development, medical conditions, social work, marginalized groups, crisis and trauma within communities, ageing and eldercare to name a few. The practice of art therapy ranges from studio-based to clinical approaches, depending on the art therapist's level of expertise, practice and working environment. Art therapists remain sensitive to cultural awareness, difference and diversity and adhere to international ethics and best practices.

As a Masters candidate you will be encouraged to attain an autonomous and reflective stance in your learning, development, and assessment in collaboration with tutors. This is a vital process in developing an approach to your professional practice as a confident, competent and ethical art therapist that will be based upon your ability to be analytical, critical, objective and self-reflective about your work.

The MA Art Therapy is the first of its kind to be developed and implemented in Southeast Asia. The programme is breaking new ground in relation to the varied and distinctive social, cultural and spiritual frameworks within which it is being nurtured.

A blend of Eastern and Western approaches are considered and candidates are encouraged to develop a reflective and contemporary philosophical and practical stance. Although there may be several similarities in terms of the human experience, it is acknowledged that there are unique cultural considerations and local and/or region specific implications in terms of how mental health services are defined, perceived and implemented.

Self-reflexivity, mindfulness and a contemplative approach are practices wherein you may draw upon to further embrace and/or expand your understanding of an Asian context. It is acknowledged that cultural difference and diversity are at the heart of current art therapy debate and discourse both locally and around the globe.

Programme structure: The MA Art Therapy is a two-year full-time programme divided into four semesters of 13 teaching weeks. You must successfully complete the modules offered in sequence before you can progress to the next semester. You learn progressively, each module building upon the knowledge and skill base of the previous semester. The incremental learning structure of the programme ensures that you will acquire the essential knowledge and practical experience to become professional art therapists.

Graduate career paths: Art Therapist

Related careers: Counsellor, Educator, Social Worker, Artist, Researcher, Writer

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts, Media and Creative Industries

Study options

Full Time (2 Years (4 Semesters))

Tuition fees
SG$23,320.00 (US$ 16,354) per year
SG $46,640 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 August 2020


Faculty of Fine Arts, Media and Creative Industries

McNally Campus,

1 McNally Street,

187940, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for this programme of study require: A good Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution (ideally in the area of Arts or Education with Honours preferred). A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction.

For international students

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in visual arts or psychology, or an equivalent level of training in a relevant medical, social or human sciences field
  • Relevant experience in a rehabilitative setting in the form of paid or unpaid/voluntary work
  • Demonstrable ability to discuss and reflect on the creative process
  • A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction.
  • Portfolio: At least 7 – 10 pieces of original artwork (actual or documented) that demonstrates your creative practice

About this uni

LASALLE College of the Arts is Asia’s leading tertiary institution in contemporary arts and design education and practice.

  • Comprehensive range of contemporary arts & design programmes
  • International faculty with strong industry connections
  • Award-winning campus in the heart of Singapore
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations across programmes